Andrew Gordon

From: Kingston, Jamaica  Current City: Falcon Heights, MN
"I left everything I knew…I looked around at all these faces and everyone was new. I wasn’t home anymore."
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When he came to the U.S., Andrew Gordon faced an issue he had never encountered in his home country: being the only black student in a classroom. Like many immigrants, he had to overcome preconceived notions held by many Americans.

When he came to the U.S., Andrew Gordon faced an issue he had never encountered in his home country: being the only black student in a classroom. Like many immigrants, he had to overcome preconceived notions held by many Americans.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Gordon was encouraged by his parents to have a healthy, well-balanced life. In addition to his academics, he participated on several athletic teams and spent time building strong relationships with his friends. For most of his youth, Andrew thought he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and pursue a career in medicine. He spent a summer at Harvard doing genetics research but was ultimately unfulfilled by the work.

As he thought about his future, Mr. Gordon knew that staying in Jamaica wouldn’t give him the academic freedom he desired. He ultimately chose to attend Macalester College, a Minnesota liberal arts school that some of his friends had attended. Andrew ultimately decided to pursue a degree in political science.

After graduating from Macalester, Mr. Gordon attended law school at the University of Minnesota. After a brief stint working as a public defender in Boston, he returned to Minnesota and began working for nonprofit organization. Currently, he is the Associate Director at the Legal Rights Center. He lives in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

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